Two little lines I heard one day,
Traveling along life’s busy way;
Bringing conviction to my heart,
And from my mind would not depart;
Only one life, twill soon be past,
Only what’s done for Christ will last.

Only one life, yes only one,
Soon will its fleeting hours be done;
Then, in ‘that day’ my Lord to meet,
And stand before His Judgement seat;
Only one life,’twill soon be past,
Only what’s done for Christ will last.

Only one life, the still small voice,
Gently pleads for a better choice
Bidding me selfish aims to leave,
And to God’s holy will to cleave;
Only one life, ’twill soon be past,
Only what’s done for Christ will last.

Only one life, a few brief years,
Each with its burdens, hopes, and fears;
Each with its clays I must fulfill,
living for self or in His will;
Only one life, ’twill soon be past,
Only what’s done for Christ will last.

When this bright world would tempt me sore,
When Satan would a victory score;
When self would seek to have its way,
Then help me Lord with joy to say;
Only one life, ’twill soon be past,
Only what’s done for Christ will last.

Give me Father, a purpose deep,
In joy or sorrow Thy word to keep;
Faithful and true what e’er the strife,
Pleasing Thee in my daily life;
Only one life, ’twill soon be past,
Only what’s done for Christ will last.

Oh let my love with fervor burn,
And from the world now let me turn;
Living for Thee, and Thee alone,
Bringing Thee pleasure on Thy throne;
Only one life, “twill soon be past,
Only what’s done for Christ will last.

Only one life, yes only one,
Now let me say,”Thy will be done”;
And when at last I’ll hear the call,
I know I’ll say “twas worth it all”;
Only one life,’twill soon be past,
Only what’s done for Christ will last. ”

— extra stanza —

Only one life, ’twill soon be past,
Only what’s done for Christ will last.
And when I am dying, how happy I’ll be,
If the lamp of my life has been burned out for Thee

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  • johnmahler

    I grew up with a wall plaque featuring the first verse of this beautiful poem. It should be a hymn. I have lost that plaque and tried in vain to recall the words. Finally, I looked it up on the Internet. I am so pleased you have the whole poem. I had no idea it was more than a common Christian household maxim. I am posting it on Facebook and the first line on Twitter. I think this is a sentiment which escapes our contemporary congregations. I wish you much favor and blessing from God Almighty, the great I AM that I AM, triune and eternal God the Father, the Son, and Holy Spirit.
    God bless you and keep you in his perfect peace today and forever,
    John Mahler

    • Thanks for the comment, glad you could find the poem here and be blessed by it 🙂

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  • CT

    Just “discovered” C.T. Studd while listening to a sermon by Dr. Adrian Rogers. Dr. Rogers referenced C. T. Studd in his sermon to illustrate people who listened to the Holy Spirit.
    The poem you posted by C.T. was a bonus find in my research of Mr. Studd. So thank you.